May 10, 2013
This was the Jauntee's first show in New York state, and it touches quickly on everything that makes this band great.
"I Am The Slime" meanders through a swampy funk mix before churning the stew into a raging climax, with peaking guitar fireworks over a bed of screaming organ.
"Blowin' Up the B Line" coalesces out of the ashes of the previous jam, launching us onward into the tweaked progressive rock that the Jauntee call home. Some neat playing in this version, capped by a terrific ending solo/jam.
Next up, we have a couple of new tunes, "Mr. Murdering Man" and "Carry Me On". Both show the Jauntee exploring new directions, with the former becoming their first bluegrass-based original, and the latter harkening back to days when songs like Little Richards' "Piano Riff Wooo!" ruled the airwaves. Both are well-played and high energy, giving us plenty of dancing juice.
After giving the new songs a walk around the stage, the band takes a dip into more serious waters with "Black Bart" and the first real jamming segment of the night. The song's buoyant reggae provides a nice breezy groove, and the band launches the jam into all sorts of territories.
"Astral Turtle Dance" glides out of the end of "Black Bart" and gives us another glimpse into the twisted funk that this band works around. Not too proggy, but not simply-arranged either, this is an interesting song that whips the audience into a dancing storm with a few literal musical wind-ups; very clever songwriting. Things get deep and dark at the end, a great standard version.
And finally.... the biggest highlight of the night: "Have You Ever" -> "Let The Drummer Take One".
This needs to be heard to be understood, because the band takes "Have You Ever"'s easy cool groove and tears it to smithereens with the jam, winding the tension up and popping the cork with wild abandon. A great exercise in tension and release, this jam was a juggernaut to experience live. Wild, wild peaks. After the notes crash land into the dazed audience, the drums kick into the precursor beat for "Let The Drummer Take One".
Building....building...building, and then the crash hits slam the door shut, concluding the show with an epic musical exclamation point. The song is short, but effective, and is the perfect capper to any event.
A great show, and a great time.